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Why is Your Car Shaking?

Why is your car shaking and what are those strange vibrations going on with your car? Shaking and vibrations are one of the most common complaints of car owners. And, the good news is that many of the causes of shaking and vibrations are easily diagnosed and corrected by something simple such as balancing or rotating the tires. Some of the more common problems that cause your vehicle to shake and vibrate are:

  • Bent axles
  • Warped brake rotors
  • Out of balance tires
  • Loose tire
  • Stuck brake caliper
  • Loose engine mount

If your car shakes and/or vibrates at high speeds or while you're accelerating, this could indicate a problem with your tires or more serious problems involving the transmission or a worn-out universal joint. This can lead to a dangerous situation while you're driving and can compromise highway safety because it can ultimately result in a loss of control.

If your car shakes when shifting into different gears, this could be an indication that it's time to change the transmission fluid or that your fluid level is low. If the shaking is accompanied by a loud noise, this could indicate that there is a problem with the drive train or your transmission. These are both serious issues that need to be addressed ASAP because your car may not be safe to drive.

Get off the road?

Until you find out why your car is shaking, do not drive your car. Ignoring the problem can turn a simple problem, like replacing the transmission fluid or filter, into a much bigger and costly one.

It's in your best interest to get the problem diagnosed and repaired as soon as possible. In order to find out what is wrong with your vehicle, a mechanic will ask specific questions about the shaking and vibrations and when they occur. For instance, does the shaking occur when you're idling, at high speeds, or when you're accelerating? Is it confined to the steering wheel? Does a loud noise accompany the shaking?

Get into Transmasters

Without specialized equipment and extensive repair and service experience, you won't be able to determine whether the shaking your car is experiencing when you're driving is due to something simple like unbalanced tires or something more serious such as transmission issues – low fluid level, clogged filter, or a failing universal joint — that cause cars to shake. An accurate diagnosis of the problem can only be determined after a complete inspection of your car is performed. Until then, your car could be unsafe to drive.

Transmasters Transmissions and Auto Care is one of the best car repair shops in San Diego when it comes to diagnosing and repairing transmissions. Located in Miramar, Transmasters is an on-site, state-of-the-art transmission facility with a team of ASE-certified mechanics whose goal is to diagnose and repair your car's problem ASAP without charging you dealership prices.

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